Well, crikey. Though he was attending a junket was apparently designed to promote Dredd, Karl Urban inevitably faced a little Star Trek 2 questioning. He was asked what it was like having Benedict Cumberbatch in the film, and said:
He's awesome, he's a great addition, and I think his Gary Mitchell is going to be exemplary.
Eh? Gary Mitchell? But Roberto Orci said he wasn't going to be in the film. Who's fibbing?
In Trek lore, Mitchell was a friend of Kirk who even took a bulle… er, poisoned dart for him. Mitchell had psychic abilities, and after coming into contact with the strange energy field of the "galactic barrier" these expanded to give him incredible, almost god-like skills. The trauma was also, literally, enough to turn his hair grey.
He's a perfect match for Cumberbatch. I buy it. The only problem is – hasn't Mitchell already appeared in the IDW comic series set in this Trekverse? Wasn't that designed specifically to fit in with the sequel plans? He didn't look at all like Cumberbatch, really.
Thanks to SFX for the Urban quote.